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 This Month In Lambton 


This Month In Lambton

 Habitat & County Partner on Affordable Seniors’ Housing Project

Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton and the County of Lambton have together broken ground on the third Lambton Builds home building project.  Volunteers and representatives from the organizations involved turned the sod earlier this month at 1140 Guthrie Drive East in Sarnia, the construction site of a five-unit affordable housing multiplex for seniors that will increase and enhance the local supply of affordable housing.

Lambton Builds Groundbreaking

Assisting with the construction are volunteers in receipt of Ontario Works who will be supported by Habitat personnel and other local volunteers. Ontario Works volunteers will not only receive hands-on experience aimed at enhancing employable skillsets but will also benefit from community involvement.  The project helps meet the objectives of the County of Lambton’s 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan, which includes creating new and innovative partnerships to address housing gaps. 

With construction costs estimated at $600,000, these units will house five local (5) senior families. Each 975-square-foot, seniors’-only unit will feature two bedrooms, an open concept kitchen/dining/living room and main floor laundry.  Energy efficient construction will include tankless water heaters, high R-rating insulation and forced air natural gas heating and air conditioning. Construction is expected to be complete in December of this year.

 Community Paramedic Program Records 1,000th Home Visit

The innovative Lambton Community Paramedic Pilot Program recently completed its 1,000th home visit since the program launched in August 2017.  Preliminary results indicate the program has resulted in significant reductions to local Emergency Department (ED) visits as well as a decrease in 9-1-1 calls.

Community Paramedic Program

Reducing the number of 9-1-1 calls and ED visits improves the wellness of individual patients as well as access to community services.  As the local population ages programs such as this help keep vulnerable residents safe while reducing costs throughout the healthcare system.

The County's Emergency Medical Services Department continues to work with Bluewater Health to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

 National Emergency Preparedness Week

May 6-12 is National Emergency Preparedness Week.  During this time, families are to encouraged to think about how well prepared they are for emergencies.  For example, would you and your family know what to do during a power outage, severe summer weather or drinking water emergency?  Learn more about preparing for these and other potential hazards by visiting www.emergencieslambton.ca.

Emergency Preparedness Day

In recognition of National Emergency Preparedness Week, Emergency Preparedness Day will be held on Friday, May 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Clearwater Arenas in Sarnia.  Visitors can learn about home preparedness and emergency response by touring nearly 100 indoor and outdoor displays that include emergency response equipment and live demonstrations.  The event is sponsored by Sarnia-Lambton Community Awareness/Emergency Response (CAER) and everyone is welcome.  There is no cost to attend but a hamburger or hotdog lunch is available for a two dollar donation to the Salvation Army.

 Smoking in the Workplace? Text 226-909-3003

A new, confidential, text-based reporting system introduced by Lambton Public Health will help protect people in the workplace from second-hand smoke.

If you suspect someone has been smoking in the workplace - which includes vehicles such as taxis, cars and company trucks - simply text details to 226-909-3003. The process is quick, easy and anonymous and Enforcement Officers will follow up as quickly as possible.

Stickers with the text number are available for employers to post in their vehicles and are designed to:

* provide a visual reminder of the text-based reporting service
* increase accountability
* assist business owners and managers with due diligence

Smoking or holding lit tobacco in an enclosed workplace, including workplace vehicles, is an offence as outlined in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Employers and employees can be subject to fines. Employers are obligated to ensure employees and clients are aware smoking is prohibited, and to post "no smoking" signs in the workplace, including workplace vehicles.

Lambton Public Health offers assistance to employers to comply with the law, assistance with policies and access to initiatives to support quit smoking attempts.

For more information on ways to make your workplace a safe and healthy place for everybody, visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca or call 519-344-2057, ext. 2142.

 Content Editor Web Part

The County of Lambton is requesting responses to an Expression of Interest from non-profit and private sector organizations wishing to create affordable rental housing within the county. The County would like to hear from respondents regarding their ideas, concepts or specific responses to create new affordable housing. In anticipation of possible funding being provided by the federal and provincial governments, the County may offer financial assistance to support the creation of affordable housing. Click the link above or on "Bids and Tenders" at LambtonOnline.ca for further details.

 Lambton Renovates

The County of Lambton is now accepting 2018 applications for funding through the Lambton Renovates Program, which offers financial assistance to eligible households as follows:

* One-time assistance in the form of a 10-year forgivable loan, secured by registration on title, for home repairs to a maximum of $20,000 per household.
* One-time assistance in the form of a grant, which does not require repayment, for accessibility improvements to a maximum of $5,000 per household.

Window installation at a home

For more information on eligible households and repair costs, click on the "Housing Services" tab under the "Residents" heading at www.LambtonOnline.ca.

 Lambton County Archives at the Seniors Information Fair

May 8 and 9, 2018, Point Edward Arena, 210 Monk Street.

Every year, the Lambton County Archives brings binders of unidentified photographs to the Seniors Information Fair in Point Edward to collect information such as the names of individuals in the pictures and locations the pictures were taken. The exercise is valuable for augmenting the collection of the Archives with valuable information, and it is and a favourite activity for reminiscing seniors. Many fair attendees look forward to this booth and come back every year to see new pictures. If you can't make it to the Seniors Information Fair to review these binders, they are also available year-round at the Lambton County Archives.

Lambton County Archives display

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., May 2 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., May 16 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Jun 6 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Jun 20- Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Jul 4 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Jul 18 (tentative)- Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Aug 1 (at call of Warden) - Lambton County Council

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

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